Morning Roundup: May 20, 2019

By The Fix staff 05/20/19

NJ's medical marijuana program to expand in lieu of legalization, Delray Beach to host foodie event with zero alcohol, Sir Elton John: 'Rocketman' is about 'deeply troubled' life before sobriety.

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'Rocketman' follows Sir Elton John's journey. Palinchak |

Elton John's Emotional Message Behind 'Rocketman': 'If You're Unhappy, Ask Someone for Help' [GMA]
Musical icon Sir Elton John's new film 'Rocketman' is a redemption story, about a himself as a young man who was "deeply troubled" as a rising star, before he got sober. "The message is to people if you're in a bad way and you're unhappy, ask someone for help." 

Dr. Fernstrom: Are You Drinking Too Much? Take This Simple Test to Find Out. [NBC News]
NBC News' health editor, Dr. Madelyn Fernstrom, provides a simple self-assessment for people who think they may have a drinking problem. "Early intervention is key."

NJ Marijuana Legalization: A 'Very Happy' Day for Medical Cannabis Patients [Asbury Park Press]
Since marijuana legalization failed to pass in New Jersey this year, a bill to expand the state's medical marijuana program is expected to succeed instead. Jake's Act would increase the supply of marijuana that patients can obtain. 

Humor: Bugs Bunny Explains How LeBron Helped Him Get Sober for 'Space Jam' Sequel [The Onion]
Ahead of the release of the sequel to Space Jam, Bugs Bunny revealed that he got a much-needed push from co-star and NBA star LeBron James. "LeBron looked me right in the eyes and asked, ‘What’s up, doc?’—and I could tell he meant it."

Taste of Recovery in Delray Beach Brings Oasis of Food and Sobriety [South Florida Sun Sentinel]
The annual gathering of food and recovery, Taste of Recovery, will take place in Delray Beach on June 1st. While there will be no alcohol, more than 20 restaurants will be serving up gourmet bites.

Movie Review: Someone in 'Wine Country' Should've Been Sober, Just Saying [The Cut]
Could Amy Poehler's film Wine Country have been funnier if it explored sober themes? "Frankly it's unrealistic that they're all still drinking. I feel like if it were real life, the odds would be that at least one of them would have stopped." 

A Father's Promise of Sobriety Is Behind Launch of West Des Moines Restaurant [Des Moines Register]
After being sent to jail for 3 months, forcing him to be away from his children, David Anders had a rude awakening. The restaurateur has since opened a new restaurant dedicated to his three boys, 3 Sons Bar & Grill, fulfilling a lifelong dream.

Five More States Take Legal Action Against Purdue Pharma for Opioid Crisis [Washington Post]
It's not over for Purdue Pharma. The OxyContin maker was hit with more lawsuits from five more states, accused of running a "relentless and deceptive campaign" to increase OxyContin prescriptions despite knowing the drug's high rate of abuse.

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